As for replacing Sproles in the Saints’ offense, Payton said third-year pro Cadet is certainly in line for more opportunities, and could be used in some of the same ways that Sproles was used. But Payton stressed that no one player will specifically “replace” a unique playmaker like Sproles.
"Over the years, offensively we've had a number of key contributors to what's been a pretty good offense. There's been times where we've done it without Marques Colston. There was an offense prior to Jimmy Graham, prior to Darren Sproles. And one of the key components is an overall understanding philosophically of where guys need to be,” Payton said. “I don't think you ever replace a skill set like Darren's. It's unique, and it's different really than our league has seen in a while with a player of his stature. But with regards to his touches, with regards to opportunities, Travaris is a guy that has played and is now going into his third year.
"(Cadet has) got very good ball skills. He's a guy that can run the routes in that tree, when you talk about a choice route, you talk about an option. He can play from in the backfield, but he can play from extend positions. That doesn't mean necessarily he's a wide receiver. It just means he's a running back in space.”
Payton said Cadet will remain in the mix for the Saints’ lead kickoff returner job. But he said the punt returner job (which used to be manned by Sproles and receiver Lance Moore) remains open.
“We’ll have to see how that competition plays out,” Payton said. “It’s something we’ll pay close attention to.”
quote:Sometimes I wonder if some NFL fans can even comprehend RBBC.
Payton said it had more to do with the Saints’ stockpile of youth at the position with young backups Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet.
Things looking bad for Paddy.
quote:Yeah, we all do.
I think people think I have some sort of ego on here and won't admit when I'm wrong, but that's not the case. I've been wrong before and I've fessed up to it.
There was an offense prior to Jimmy Graham
he can play from extend positions. That doesn't mean necessarily he's a wide receiver. It just means he's a running back in space.”
But it's a good kind of wrong Paddy.
I feel like a ton has been lifted off my shoulders